• I’m an Accidental Oil Tycoon (and You Can Be One Too.)

    When we came home from our first year of full-time volunteer ministry in 2013, my dad asked what we were going to do next.  His question pertained to paying the bills.   I joked, “Well, dad, we’re in the oil business!”.   Little did I realize how much that joke would morph into reality. I had, hesitantly, joined Young Living the year before.  I wasn’t convinced essential oils would actually do anything, but I was willing to give the oils a shot because a naturopath doctor I trusted highly recommended them.   By the next year, I was completely hooked, and telling everyone I knew about oils and about the amazing things we…

  • What You Need to Know about Vaccine Reactions

    As the number of vaccines on the CDC vaccination schedule skyrockets (from 16 doses in 1953 to 49 doses in 2013), more and more children are experiencing reactions to these vaccines.   Pharmaceutical companies have no liability thanks to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and so the government has set up a fund to compensate families with injured children.  By July 2015, over $3 BILLION dollars has been paid out to injured children and their families. Ann Corell, Ph.D. has compiled information relevant to this topic, explaining where to find information about vaccine reactions, how to report them, and what to do if your child is injured. What You…

  • Visit the Young Living Farm in Ecuador with me!

    We recently had the opportunity to travel to the Young Living farm in Ecuador!   The entire trip was an amazing experience, so come along with me for the ride! Young Living pampers its members!  We stayed at the Hilton in Guayaquil, ate delicious catered meals, and enjoyed this YL swag bag!   (The phone chargers caught the attention of airport security on the way home, but they let me keep it lol).   The sunglasses are made of wood, so I can add oils to them and have diffuser sunglasses! We took a tour of the city, including a market to purchase souvenirs and this local city park.  Instead…

  • How to Slash Your Health Insurance Bill

    The holidays are upon us (yay!), and, for many of us, that means it’s time to renew our health care plans.   Some of you may have awesome health care, and thumbs up if you do!  Many more folks, however, pay at least an arm and a leg (sometimes two arms and two legs) for health care coverage. Almost 4 years ago, we switched a new model of health care coverage that has been AWESOME for us.   It’s called a healthcare sharing plan, and we use Samaritan’s Ministries for ours!   We pay a flat monthly premium for our entire family, and we can choose any provider we like.  My…

  • How to Use Your Essential Oil Diffuser!

    Diffusing essential oils is an awesome way to make your home smell great without the use of artificial – and toxin filled – sprays and plug-ins.   Some of our common air fresheners are VERY toxic – they rate a 9 (on a scale of 1 – 10) on the Toxic scale, according to the Think Dirty app!!  We need to get these OUT of our homes, and using an essential oils diffuser is a great way to do it!  Not only will your home smell better, but the air quality will improve!  Essential oils can actually clean the air, providing a boost to your respiratory system! It’s important to…

  • Essential Oils for Dogs

    Essential Oils for Dogs

    Our pets experience many of the same everyday challenges that we do in life.  They catch colds and feel stressed.   I’ve been using essential oils on myself and my family for several years now, for a wide variety of needs, and I love that we can use oils on our dogs as well!    There are several important things to know when using oils on pets.   Our pets are smaller than us (generally! lol), and so we will use fewer drops of essentials oils on them.  You can always dilute an oil with water or a carrier oil like coconut, grapeseed, or jojaba.  Methods of Application There are…

  • You Need This Free App!

    Update 4/22/18:  I no longer recommend this app.  See followup:  Betrayal by Think Dirty App Toxins, toxins, everywhere!   I took a trip to Target this week  (without kids!!), and went to town scanning things with my new Think Dirty app.   I knew most of the cleaners and personal care products weren’t good, BUT I didn’t know they were THIS BAD!   I was HORRIFIED.   I wanted to show everyone my app, and scan what they were buying for them.  I also didn’t want to creep people out or get kicked out of the store <sic> so I refrained.   Ugh. NO WONDER America is in a health…

  • Homeopathic Immunizations and Why You Should Consider Them

    Discussion about vaccinations can quickly become heated, and so it’s not something I’ve ever addressed on this blog before.  No matter where you are on the broad spectrum of opinion, I think we can all agree that helping people gain immunity from disease is a good thing.   And that’s the underlying purpose of vaccinations.  Things start to get messy when you factor in valid concerns about vaccine injury and that, because of the National Child Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, vaccine manufacturers have ZERO liability.  (Wouldn’t that name make you think it’s supposed to protect CHILDREN??   But I digress.)  I wouldn’t buy anything from a manufacturer who hides…

  • DIY Chemical-Free Hand Purifier!

    No mom’s purse (or diaper bag) is complete without a bottle of hand purifier.  But have you ever stopped to read the ingredients on a bottle?   One common ingredient is propylene glycol, which is a known carcinogen.  I don’t want my kids rubbing carcinogens on their hands – and then eating lunch! Killing cold and flu germs is good though, so what to do? There is thankfully an easy solution!  It is surprisingly simple to make your own, with ingredients from your local drug and health food store. Chemical-Free Hand Purifier Recipe 1 c aloe vera gel (get the 100% aloe vera gel, with no added colors) 1-2 tsp…